The Gallery FAQs
- How do I get to The Gallery at the Craft Center?
From I-40: Take Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville); follow Hwy 56 South to the Craft Center. We areapproximately 6 miles from the exit; turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge at the Craft Center sign. Follow this scenic drive to the parking lot and facility.
From Hwy 70: From the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 56 in Smithville; turn left onto Hwy 56 and travel approximately 6 miles. Turn right before crossing the Hurricane Bridge. Follow the drive to the parking lot and facility.
From Hwy 111: Exit Hwy 111 (near Sparta) onto Hwy 70 and travel west to Smithville. At the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 56 turn right onto Hwy 56 and travel approximately 6 miles. Turn right before crossing the Hurricane Bridge. Follow the drive to the parking lot and facility. The Gallery is in the Craft Center’s administration building.
- What are The Gallery hours?
The Gallery is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm (central).
- When are you closed?
Easter Sunday, 2-3 business days at the end of June, Thanksgiving Day, & Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd.
- Are you accessible to people with disabilities?
The Craft Center has parking, ramps and an elevator for accessibility to The Gallery and Exhibitions.
- Is the work in The Gallery made by the artists at the Craft Center?
The work in The Gallery is created by Craft Center faculty, artists in residence, advanced students, and more than 100 regional craft artists.
- Does The Gallery sell work on-line?
Yes, we have an online gallery store. Please visit The Gallery Online.
- Do you sell craft supplies, tools and books in The Gallery?
Yes. The Gallery sells textbooks for the Craft Center’s studio classes. We also carry basic craft tools and supplies.
- Do you offer gift cards?
Yes. The Gallery has gift cards for purchase. Please drop by or call 615.597.6801 or 931.372.3051 for more information.
- Do you offer discounts on work in The Gallery?
Yes. Tennessee Tech University employees (with a valid TTU Eagle Card) receive a 10% discount in The Gallery throughout the year. On the day of the annual Celebration of Craft in April, there is a 20% discount for TTU employees and a 10% discount, that day only, for all visitors to the event.
- Do you have special events?
Yes. The Celebration of Craft in April offers craft demonstrations, live music, fine craft sales, hands-on kids' craft projects, a silent auction, and more (in support of our educational outreach programs). The annual Holiday Festival is the weekend after Thanksgiving (Friday-Sunday; free admission). Enjoy a great shopping experience, music, craft demonstrations, specialty ornaments and showcase exhibitions.
- May I tour the studios when I visit The Gallery?
Tours are available for groups, but must be scheduled in advance in order to notify our faculty and studios. The Craft Center’s studios are not open to the public on an individual "walk-in” basis. The Craft Center is a school, with studio classrooms, and we do not want to interrupt our students at work. However, during the annual Celebration of Craft the studios are open and include narrated craft demonstrations among just a few of the event offerings on that day. Also, during the Holiday Festival, some studios are open, hosting demonstrations.